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As for the Godzilla BIOS v.94.28, I got it following this P-7811 FX link:

http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/...15641Rnv.shtml

So that certainly adds to the confusion. Upon your valued recommendation, I have downloaded 9C.17.00. My current version is 9C.05.00. I have never updated it.

I used Acronis True Image Home to clone one hard drive to another and it worked okay.

I got my new CPU and thermal paste - still waiting on the cleaner and solid state drive. I'm excited for the upgrade that's about to happen. I like this computer already, but better is always good.

Oh! I also got LoJack for laptops today. I've lived in this same house for 37 years with no problems, but the neighborhood is going downhill fast. Just a couple months ago some guy robbed a woman right in front of my house that I got involved in (for which I got a subpoena to testify against him). Who uses a gun to snatch a purse??? He got in his car and ran from the police, ending in a bad wreck. Anyhow, I'm figuring that my laptop won't be all that is taken (I have loads of electronics in here, including 3 computers), so the LoJack may help me get back the other items, too.

WarlordOne - What a crazy awesome machine you have! It's a real piece of art. Very nice!

Thanks for your amazing help, guys!
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Now I am having SERIOUS problems! I installed the 9C.17.00 BIOS and it shows as having been installed. First, after reboot, it said there was no operating system. Going into the boot options, I saw that my D: drive was excluded from booting. I added that and it booted okay from C: and D:.

But now, everything I do takes at least 20 seconds to happen. If I click an Internet shortcut, at least 20 seconds. If I double-click a file, at least 20 seconds and it will say "not responding" at the top of the page. I just don't know what else to do.

After rebooting a couple times, it appears to be working okay now. I don't know what was wrong. It was acting like when a computer gets really hot. Well, tomorrow should be the big day when I upgrade to the T9600 CPU and solid state gard drive (they will arrive by UPS). Next, I need to see if the current P8400 will fit into my older Gateway - that would be cool. Will an Intel CPU fit into an AMD Turion computer?
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I installed my new T9600 CPU today. The Windows Experience Index for the processor went from 5.2 to 5.6. I was hoping for a bit more than that, but I'll accept it. Thanks to martee for posting the YouTube 'How-To' video earlier. It was a big help. Also installed a new solid state drive. I still have to install everything on it before I know how well it works. I decided to just do a fresh install, rather than cloning. And I installed LoJack for Laptops today...you never know.

Thanks to everyone for your much-appreciated help.
    
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Have they refreshed the gatewar fx series laptops yet? I am selling my 7805u to my GF and looking for something a little more powerful, anything going down the pike soon?
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Have they refreshed the gatewar fx series laptops yet? I am selling my 7805u to my GF and looking for something a little more powerful, anything going down the pike soon?
Come on, you are selling your FX to your GF? You should give it to her. Specially, if she's your GF.

There's no news about new models of FX, yet.
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Come on, you are selling your FX to your GF? You should give it to her. Specially, if she's your GF.

There's no news about new models of FX, yet.
I am not that rich! I am selling it to her for a nice price though so she doesn't have to spend the same amount on a far lesser notebook. Gateway needs to refresh with something along the lines of the Asus g73 but for $1,100
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I upgraded from a P8400 CPU (2.26 GHz) to a T9600 CPU (2.80 GHz) and installed a solid state hard drive. The Windows Experience Index went from 5.2 to 5.6 on the CPU and 5.7 to 5.9 on the drive, but the truth is that I don't see any difference at all. Wish I would have used that money toward a nice digital camera.

What else can I do for some actual performance improvement?

Will an Intel CPU work where there used to be an AMD (for my other Gateway)?
    
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Originally Posted by fotoguy View Post
I upgraded from a P8400 CPU (2.26 GHz) to a T9600 CPU (2.80 GHz) and installed a solid state hard drive. The Windows Experience Index went from 5.2 to 5.6 on the CPU and 5.7 to 5.9 on the drive, but the truth is that I don't see any difference at all. Wish I would have used that money toward a nice digital camera.

What else can I do for some actual performance improvement?

Will an Intel CPU work where there used to be an AMD (for my other Gateway)?
Hi all,

The T9900 is supposed to be an impressive upgrade but the fact is the possible hardware issue that keeps the system from handling a quad core cpu (at least in the case of the 7805u) really limits what the system can do performance wise.

I am just about to sell my 7805u and pick up the Asus G73JH-A1 because of the system's specs. The only things that is bothering me is the wait time (it's out of stock at most places) and the temps some people have been getting.
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Originally Posted by fotoguy View Post
I upgraded from a P8400 CPU (2.26 GHz) to a T9600 CPU (2.80 GHz) and installed a solid state hard drive. The Windows Experience Index went from 5.2 to 5.6 on the CPU and 5.7 to 5.9 on the drive, but the truth is that I don't see any difference at all. Wish I would have used that money toward a nice digital camera.

What else can I do for some actual performance improvement?

Will an Intel CPU work where there used to be an AMD (for my other Gateway)?
The Vista WEI scores are pretty lame, the Win 7 ones are updated and are considerably easier to discern differences in performance due to the higer range.

The max score on the Vista WEI is 5.9 meaning if you get a 5.9 you have the top of the line performance in that category. With Win7 7.9 is top of the line. Here's my score on my older, slower 6860FX running Win 7 ultimate, overclocked gpu, t8300, 80GB x25-m SSD:



This is a stock p7805u running Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit:

Processor 5.9
Memory 5.9
Graphics 6.8
Gaming 6.8
Primary HD 5.8

This is what that same stock p7805u gets on Windows Vista HP 64:

Processor 5.2
Memory 5.9
Graphics 5.9
Gaming 5.9
Primary HD 5.7

Hope that helps you put WEI into perspective.
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I upgraded from a P8400 CPU (2.26 GHz) to a T9600 CPU (2.80 GHz) and installed a solid state hard drive. The Windows Experience Index went from 5.2 to 5.6 on the CPU and 5.7 to 5.9 on the drive, but the truth is that I don't see any difference at all. Wish I would have used that money toward a nice digital camera.

What else can I do for some actual performance improvement?

Will an Intel CPU work where there used to be an AMD (for my other Gateway)?
Well, I don't know what to say except my 7805 runs T9600 and is much faster now than she was before with the stock cpu. Don't have the ssd, just two WD 500GB drives with the 50GB partition for the OS. No RAID0. The GPU is underclocked with nVidia system tools and graphic card runs at stock speed when I turn PowerDVD on, only. I'm not gamer.

Did you installed all drivers? What about the Intel Chipset driver and Intel Matrix Storage one? Perhaps you should get the newest drivers, get rid of all unnecessary apps that run at the startup and when not needed. May be your AV slows everything down, I run MSE right now, I used to have McAfee suite, which slowed everything to crawl.

The Intel won't run or fit into the AMD socket, sorry.
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